Moral Luck

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Daniel Statman
SUNY Press, 1993 - Philosophy - 258 pages
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Luck plays a part in determining our judgments and in causing us to question our notions of morality. Should a successful murderer be punished more severely than an unsuccessful one? Should a person be praised for his fine moral character which was a consequence of his good luck in being born into a certain kind of family, in particular historical circumstances? These questions and other ideas are discussed in this book by leading philosophers including: Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel, Martha C. Nussbaum, Don Levi, Judith Andre, Henning Jensen, Nicholas Rescher, Norvin Richards, Steven Sverdlik, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Michael J. Zimmerman, and Margaret U. Walker. The reader is stimulated to reflect on his or her basic notions of morality, especially those of responsibility, agency, and justification.
 

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Contents

Moral Luck
35
Moral Luck
57
Luck and Ethics
73
Whats Luck Got to Do With It?
109
Nagel Williams and Moral Luck
123
Moral Luck
141
Luck and Desert
167
Crime and Moral Luck
181
Morality and Bad Luck
195
Luck and Moral Responsibility
217
Moral Luck and the Virtues of Impure Agency
235
Postscript
251
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Daniel Statman teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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